Gail Heatherly

Lecturer in Law

Office: 120 Broadway, 22nd Floor
New York NY 10271
Tel: (212) 416-8011
Fax: (212) 416-8931
Gail Heatherly is currently an adjunct professor of Trial Practice and the Bureau Chief of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau at the Office of the New York State Attorney General.  Prior to that, she was the Director of Academic Counseling at Columbia Law School. She has also taught Trial Practice and other courses at Fordham Law School for the last seventeen years. For fourteen years, from 1991 through the summer of 2005, she was a senior prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney's Office. She was a homicide assistant, and also was the Domestic Violence supervisor in her trial bureau. She was formerly a member of the sex crimes prosecution unit. Prior to coming to the District Attorney's Office, she worked in the litigation department at a large law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. There, she created and administered a pro bono program representing battered women, as well as supervised associates working on a wide variety of other pro bono cases, including housing rights, prisoner's rights and other issues involving impoverished clients. She graduated, Order of the Coif, from New York University School of Law in 1986.

  • J.D., New York Law School, 1986 (Order of the Coif)
  • B.S., University of Missouri (1982) (cum laude)
  • Admitted to the New York bar: 1987
Employment Experience:
  • Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison 1986-91
  • Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office 1991-2005
  • (Homicide Prosecutor, Sex Crimes Prosecutor, Domestic Violence Prosecutor).
  • Bureau Chief, Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, Office of the New York State Attorney General
Teaching Experience:
  • Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law School 1990-present
  • (Trial Advocacy, Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation)
  • Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School, 2006 - present
  • (Trial Practice)